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Special Report 14/2020: EU development aid to Kenya

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08/09/2020

In this audit, we looked at the use of development aid provided to Kenya through the European Development Funds (EDFs), the country’s main source of EU funding. Kenya received €435 million from the EDF for the period 2014-2020. We examined the process for allocating aid from the EDFs and found that it did not allow aid to be linked to countries’ performance, governance and commitment to structural reforms. We found that aid was spread across many areas and that the Commission had not explained how and why the supported sectors would most assist Kenya in reducing poverty. Although the audited projects generally delivered their expected outputs and outcomes, their impact on the country’s overall development was not yet demonstrated. We recommend reconsidering the approach for allocating aid to ACP countries based on our work on Kenya. We also recommend prioritising certain sectors in Kenya while paying particular attention to focusing aid to achieve results.

ECA special report pursuant to Article 287(4), second subparagraph, TFEU.